Jim graduated from Iowa State University in 1961 and worked for Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company from 1961 thru 1973. He held the position of Credit Sales Manager, then ran company stores in Muscatine, Iowa, Champaign, Illinois, Peoria, Illinois, and Davenport, Iowa. He then managed a Wholesale Territory in the Quad Cities area. From there, he supervised a group of Goodyear stores in Missouri and Kansas (while living in Kansas City, Kansas).
After moving to Ottawa, IL, he opened up Rice Tire Service (1973-2007), then joined Century-21 Grieves for over 10 years (until they went out of business). He became a Broker/Realtor at Starved Rock Realty where he is presently employed. He is a "Multiple-Million Dollar Producer" and he believes in "Serving You with Honesty and Integrity".